By Britt Bickel

After the gruesome bombing attack at the Boston Marathon last week that left three people killed and over 150 injured, two brothers from Florida decided to step in to help in an inspiring way.

Brothers Michael and Harris Stolzenberg, 13 and 17, have set a goal to raise $1 million to aid in the recovery of victims who lost limbs and to “help provide assistance and prosthesis to those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.”

Michael and Harris Stolzenberg (Photos courtesy of

Michael and Harris Stolzenberg (Photos courtesy of

After the brothers learned that many of the victims lost limbs in the attack, they took from their own experience when Michael underwent a quadruple amputation when he was just 8 years old. Michael lost both his hands and feet after suffering a skin infection that led to a “bacterial infection, septic shock and gangrene,” reports the Sun Sentinel.

With the help and support of his community, Michael was fitted with the costly prosthetic limbs to enable him to lead a normal life and participate in sports. Despite his disability, Michael overcame and didn’t let it stop him from living a full life, now, the brothers want to return the favor for the victims in Boston.

They rallied together to start a fundraising page to sponsor old brother Harris as he trains to run in the 2014 Boston Marathon in “Mikey’s Run.” One hundred percent of the donations will go towards aiding those who lost limbs in the bombing, and so far they’ve reached nearly $12,000 of their $1 million goal since April 22nd.

“First, they will be sad,” Michael told the Sun Sentinel. “They are losing something they will never get back, and it’s scary. I was scared. But they’ll be OK. They just don’t know that yet.”

To learn more about “Mikey’s Story” and to donate to the brothers’ inspiring goal to help those in Boston, visit, the official fundraising page created by the team’s admin, Corey Walsh.


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